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Teenager pleads to assault with BB gun

WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old Willmar boy pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for a June 28 incident involving a carbon dioxide-powered BB gun.

As part of a plea agreement entered in Kandiyohi County District Court, David Adam Miller will serve 60 days at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs. He will be sentenced Oct. 20. Felony matters against 16-and 17-year-olds are public record.

The charge was filed after two Willmar police officers were called around 11:45 p.m. June 28 to a home along Elizabeth Avenue in response to a report from a man that someone had pointed a gun at him.

The man told officers a male in a white T-shirt and baseball cap had pointed a gun at him during an altercation over the treatment of a woman, identified as the man's girlfriend. The man said the incident happened in the street along Becker Avenue and that the person pointed the gun, which appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun, at him from 10 to 15 feet away.

Another officer observed a group of people walking in the area. He observed two members of the group, including a male wearing a white T-shirt, as they stepped behind a tree. The officer retrieved the gun, a Powerline Model 15XT powered by carbon dioxide, from behind the same tree.

When questioned, Miller denied that it was his gun, but he was detained and taken to the Law Enforcement Center by officers. He was interviewed there and initially denied the altercation with the man, but later said they had exchanged words over the treatment of the girl and that he had pulled the gun and pointed it at the man's vehicle.

Miller also told the officer that he got the gun for intimidation as there were people around who didn't like him and that he bought it because it looked real and didn't have an orange tip on the barrel. The gun was checked into evidence at the Law Enforcement Center. According to the petition, it was fully loaded and fully charged with carbon dioxide when officers confiscated it.